|Police report made against home minister|
Opposition parliamentarians and non-governmental groups have lodged a police report against Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, demanding that he be either sacked or he resign.
Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar, one of the complainants, lashed out at the minister for defending those involved in the ‘cow-head’ protest in Shah Alam last week.
“He used his status as a minister to condone the acts of the suspects who are being investigated by the police… it is very unbecoming of a minister,” he said, when contacted today.
Beside Jayakumar, parliamentarians Charles Santiago (Klang-DAP), Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kuala Selangor-PAS), Dr Siti Mariah Mahmood (Kota Raja-PAS) as well as several NGOs and individuals also signed the report at the Petaling Jaya Police District Headquarters today.
“The home minister has exonerated the offenders of all blame and has used his powers to influence the course of the ongoing investigation and the final action to be taken against the offenders.
“We ask him to step down or be sacked as minister of home affairs as he has broken the trust placed in him by Malaysians… as he is the minister in charge of the police force, this is a clear case of gross abuse of power,” said Jayakumar
On August 28, residents of Section 23 in Shah Alam had brought along a severed cow’s head, spat and stomped on it, as a sign of protest against the proposed relocation of the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple from Section 19 to their neighbourhood.
The incident has escalated discontent among the Hindus primarily because cows are considered sacred.
‘Utter disrespect for rule of law’
It has also raised doubts over the credibility of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak ‘s1Malaysia’ concept, which includes fostering unity in racial diversity with allegations from several quarters of Umno master-minding the grisly event.
“This was a deliberate insult to the religious beliefs of Hindus and an attempt at creating religious hatred and ill-will in our peaceful country,” Jayakumar in his police report.
Prior to filing the police report Jayakumar, said sarcastically, “Hey, all you thieves, murderers, rapists, corrupt officials and whoever else can now turn to Hishammuddin before the AG decides what to do.”
He also raked up Hishammuddin’s past where he had waved his keris inciting bloodshed, supported the arrest of lawyers who went to defend those detained by the police, arrested 580 people for standing up for their rights to protest against the Internal Security Act and now defends a group prepared to bring about racial unrest and bloodshed.
“This shows that he has utter disrespect for the rule of law and uses his position and power for his own political gain.
“It would also be interesting to find out how MCA, MIC, Gerakan, and others in the BN are thinking or saying… do minorities have a right to pray, build a place of worship and live peacefully with other Malaysians, or do Umno and the BN prescribe that we build our places of worship in the heart of a jungle, where we will be out of sight and is safe for BN?
“We teach our children Rukun Negara, moral studies in school, but how do we explain to a child that tolerance is important when such hatred and irresponsible behaviour is supported by national leaders?” he asked.
However, he pleaded to the people to uphold the values of tolerance and goodwill, and keep calm.